Welcome to Discoverers Class!
Miss Lambton is our class teacher, Mrs Smith works with us every morning and Miss Duffin and Miss Meredith work with us in the afternoons.
Summer 1 - Home Sweet Home!
This half term, we are learning all about the United Kingdom, the countries in the UK and where they all are.
We have been using Google Earth to explore our planet and comparing the size of the UK to the continents. We have been looking at how our world is created and looking at God as a creator. The Discoverers decided that anyone could be a creator, even babies!
In maths, we have been looking at doubling and halving numbers. The children have been sharing our amounts equally between 2 and solving some tricky maths problems! We have also been using money in our role play bakery area, looking at the value of coins and making different amounts!
When we looked at Northern Ireland, the Discoverers decided they needed a boat to cross the channel! We explored different materials to build our own boats and tested them in the water tray. They found out that plastic would be the best material to use, as long as there were no holes!
This week we have been Spring Detectives! We have been outside, looking carefully for signs of spring. We used ipads to take photos for evidence. We then created our own spring display where the children placed different items we may see around spring time. We watched clips of spring and listened carefully to the different sounds we might be able to hear outside. We compared Spring to other seasons.
We have been looking at adding numbers together and exploring and using the different vocabulary involved with adding such as 'plus', 'more', 'bigger' and 'altogether'.
In our phonics, we have continued to learn more tricky words, writing them and putting them into sentences!
This week, the Discoverers were practicing their 'one more and one less' maths skill. We were using number lines to jump forwards and backwards. We were also making the amount to match the digit on the card.
In RE, we have been learning about the Easter story. We made our own palm leaves to act out Palm Sunday and talked about how the different people could have been feeling on that day.
We really enjoyed using the interactive whiteboard to select colours, thickness of the pen and drew our own pictures. The Discoverers could also select the rubber when they wanted to change a part of their picture.
Welcome back! Spring 2 Week 3
It has been so lovely to have all the Discoverers back together again - they have definitely missed each other!
This week, we have started our space topic. We have been reading the names of aliens who have very funny, made up names! We practiced writing these names on the board outside. We have been working hard to order our numbers to 20.
We have had the most fun and exciting week in Discoverers class! We started the week by working as a class to order numbers to 20, we are getting more and more confident with our phonics, writing more letters to Buddy our elf and ending the week with Christmas fun! We also enjoyed a very wet collective worship Rev Jane on the playground with the other year groups. I am really proud of every single Discoverer and what they have achieved in their first full term at school. I can't wait to continue our learning in the New Year. Happy Christmas!
This week, Buddy the elf has left so many clues around our classroom. The children have written so many letters and questions to Buddy, using their phonics skills to find out more about him. In maths, we have been comparing the weight of different presents in Santa's grotto, using the scales to help us. We have been looking at the length and heights of christmas crackers and candy canes, comparing and ordering them. We continued to look at celebrating birthdays, talking about Jesus' birthday and where he was born.
It has been a rather festive week, decorating the classroom for the festive season! We have welcomed an elf called Buddy who leaves clues behind when he comes to visit us. We can’t see him but we know he is around! The children have worked hard to create repeating patterns and have shown this through their play as well as the more structured activities. We have enjoyed learning more digraphs and having a go at using them in our letters we have written to Buddy! We have been comparing the birth of Jesus to a ‘normal’ baby, talking about the similarities and differences. Next week, we will be learning about the Christmas story.
Hello everybody, you will find the activities and resources below for the next two weeks. You will find the videos to go with each activity on the video resource centre, under 'learning spaces'. All activities for the week beginning Monday 23rd will be in 'Week 1 planning'.
This week, we have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita. This is a story that Hindus tell. The children acted out the story, built bridges to try and save Sita, watched the video and drew a picture of a scene in the story. They have looked closely at 2D shapes and starting to talk about their properties, as well as their names! We finished the week by making Diva lamps out of clay to show Rama and Sita the way home. During this time of year, Hindus celebrate Diwali which is the festival of light. We also talked about Remembrance Day and why it is so important. The children made a wreath to share during our special zoom call Remembrance service.
The children have now all got some reading to do at home with their grown-ups, looking carefully at the speed sounds and the green words!
Autumn 2 Week 1
This half term we are learning about different festivals and celebrations that happen all over the world. This week we focused on fireworks night and why we celebrate it. We learnt about Guy Fawkes and his plan to blow up The Houses of Parliament. The children enjoyed building bonfires out of the construction outside, selecting their materials to make collage pictures, selecting the right colours and using careful patterns to create firework pictures and we worked really hard on ordering numbers to 10!
We have had a brilliant first half term at school! I am so proud of all the Discoverers and how well they have settled in to school life! This week, we have been learning about the world God created, listening to the Creation story and Noah's Ark. We enjoyed making a witches potion, using the ingredients Wallace the Witch left us! We used our senses to come up with words to describe some of the ingredients. We also finished our self portraits with Ms O'Toole, using different materials! Finally, the children enjoyed baking a chocolate cake which they chose as their special treat for filling up their gem jars! Well done Discoverers!
We have had a lovely week! We have been working really hard on learning new sounds and reading simple words. We are ordering numbers to 10, counting accurately and carefully! We have been looking at signs of Autumn this week. We went on a scavenger hunt outside, looking for certain things and went for a walk to Mrs Davenports garden to pick apples from the tree.
What another busy week we have had! We have started learning our phonics and practicing our handwriting. When we do our phonics and handwriting, we lie on our tummies which helps to build strength in our upper bodies which then helps with our neat writing! We are great at thinking of words beginning with the initial sound we are learning.
We have been learning about our numbers 1-5, talking about what they look like, what they mean and how we write them!
This week has been very busy! We have been talking about our emotions, how we are feeling and also getting better at talking about things we are good at. We have talked about how we are all different but also have similarities between ourselves. We enjoyed a story called 'Eli, included' which we found very interesting! The children have been sorting objects into groups and talking about why and how they have sorted these objects.
This week, we have been learning about Harvest and why we are thankful at this time of year. The Discoverers walked down to the church to decorate the window, ready for the harvest celebrations. We had to think of a prayer to say thank you to God for Harvest and for the people who work so hard to put food on our tables. Have a look at the pictures to see how we got on!
We enjoyed listening to harvest songs, learning about the combine harvesters and what the farmers get up to!
Autumn 1 Week 1
This was our first week at school. We have been learning each other's names, playing together and getting used to the new school routines. We have been learning to recognise our names to find our lockers, to colour in our pictures and to find our belongings.